Spanish journalist Concha Calleja seems to have had an inside track on the behind the scenes drama from the time that Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, underwent what was described by the Palace as “planned surgery” but many took to be a medical emergency. When everyone else was reporting that it was an elective procedure that the Princess had undergone, the Spanish source reported that it was not. When speculation ran rampant about why the Princess was to be hospitalized for two weeks, she maintained that it was because unforeseen complications had arisen post-surgery. Now Calleja, 59, who has appeared on Spanish TV as a royal expert, has claimed on the popular Spanish news program Fiesta, that Princess Kate, 42, was in a coma due to complications.
“The doctors had to take drastic decisions at that moment because of the complications that arose,” she said, according to The Times. “The decision was to put her in an induced coma. They had to intubate her. There were serious complications that they didn’t expect because the operation went well, but the postoperative period didn’t go so well.”
Calleja reported that Kate’s life was in “great danger” following the surgery. She also maintains that because of the gravity of the surgery and the complications, “practically an entire hospital” has been set up in the royal’s home for the recovery process. Other Spanish media outlets also picked up the report.
Not surprisingly, a palace source vehemently denied the claims, multiple sources report. However, the usual Palace protocol is to ignore all tabloid news related to the Royal Family.
“Never complain, never explain” is a public relations strategy that has long been the Royals’ mantra. The very fact that they issued any disclaimer suggests that there may be at least some truth behind the whispers.
“It’s total nonsense,” a palace source told The Times. “No attempt was made by that journalist to fact-check anything that she said with anyone in the household. It’s fundamentally, totally made-up, and I’ll use polite English here: it’s absolutely not the case.”
The Palace is furious. In an interview for GB News, correspondent Afu a Hagan discussed the allegations. “The palace doesn’t know where this story has come from, and there’s not a grain of truth in it. However, every single person is entitled to their privacy. [Kate Middleton] didn’t have to tell anyone how long she would be in the hospital or what it was for,” Hagan concluded.
Since the surprise announcement that Kate Middleton had been hospitalized, there has been much discussion and speculation about the nature of the surgery and what seems to be an excessively long period of hospitalization and recovery. The Princess is not expected to return to public life until after Easter.